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Langley Chase Organic Farm Wins At The National Organic Food Awards

- Farm secures 12th Organic Food Award -
 - Produce sold at The Organic Food Festival in Bristol on 11 and 12 September -

Jane Kallaway’s Langley Chase Organic Farm, (www.langleychase.co.uk) has been recognised as producing among the best tasting organic meat in Britain, winning Highly Commended for both its lamb and mutton in the Meat Category of the prestigious National Organic Food Awards.

The National Organic Food Awards, presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in Bristol tomorrow, 11 September, recognise the best organic producers in the country.  The Meat Category judges all organic meat, including fish, and announces one overall winner with runners up winning the title Highly Commended.
 
Farmer Jane has won 12 National Organic Food Awards, including Best Organic Meat in Britain in last year’s competition.   She exclusively rears Manx Loaghtan sheep, a majestic four-horned primitive breed thought to have been introduced into the UK by the Vikings.  The Manx Loaghtan is also a low fat and cholesterol meat.  The Scottish Agricultural Colleges have found it to be 23 per cent lower in fat and almost 10 per cent lower in cholesterol than commercially reared lamb – making Langley Chase lamb an award winning and healthy, organic choice.  [Link to SAC statistics below].

The farm, located in the rolling Wiltshire countryside near Chippenham and Bath, prides itself in producing its lamb and mutton in a traceable and transparent manner.  Langley Chase’s Manx Loaghtan sheep grow slowly and naturally on the farm’s wildflower pastures, herb rich meadows and home grown hay. This simple, natural system enables the farm’s lambs to mature at their own pace and gives them their award winning taste. 


Watch a one minute film of the striking flock and four horned rams in action: 

The Awards are presented on the opening of the National Organic Food Festival, held in Bristol’s harbour side on 11 and 12 September.  Langley Chase Organic Farm will be selling its award winning produce and its shimmering sheepskin rugs at the festival.  Stall number 104 in the Amphitheatre Organic Food Market.

Mrs Jane Kallaway said: “We’re delighted to have won such high praise and recognition for our produce.  We provide our customers with an organic, traceable product, and having it consistently ranked as the among the best tasting meat in the country, is a real testament to our focus on rearing our animals in a slow and natural manner and preserving our historic pastures and hay meadows.  Thank you to all our customers who have helped me grow my flock and win such great awards.”

Customers can order from the farm’s website, www.langleychase.co.uk  or  direct over the phone – 01249 750 095.

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Traceable Organic Lamb and Mutton
The farm sells its produce to food lovers across the UK via its website – www.langleychase.co.uk. The website details all aspect of farm management and flock production, enabling people to find out exactly how their sheep are raised. Regular open days are held and the farm has an active education programme enabling school children and adults to learn more about organic farming. So far this year the Farm has been visited by BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and BLUE PETER, with presenter Joel finding out about lambing!

Healthy Organic Meat
The Manx Loaghtan is significantly healthier than commercially reared lamb. The Scottish Agricultural Colleges found the Manx Loaghtan to be 23 per cent lower in fat and almost 10 per cent lower in cholesterol than commercial breeds. Full details at: www.langleychase.co.uk/healthy-meat.htm

Shimmering Sheep Skin Rugs and Warm Clothes
The farm produces shimmering sheepskin rugs made from the flock. Beautiful and exclusive, only a limited number are made each year. The Manx Loaghtan fleece has a unique silver tipped wool which catches and reflects light, making rugs an eye catching addition to any room. The farm also makes clothes from the wool collected from the sheep every May. Deep, warm, natural and untreated, our 100 per cent pure Organic Manx Loaghtan wool, cardigans, jumpers, hats and gloves provide an ideal gift for any age! Full details at: http://www.langleychase.co.uk/farmshop.aspx


The National Organic Food Awards
The prestigious National Organic Food Awards, run by the Soil Association, is recognised as the premier competition of its kind in the UK, attracting hundreds of entries from supermarkets to small specialist producers. This is the third year the Awards have judged all organic meat in one category. Judges had the difficult task of selecting the winner from produce including fish, chicken, venison, beef and lamb, to name a few.


The Importance of Rare Breeds
One breed of farm animal becomes extinct every month around the world, according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. In the UK, industrialised farming has discarded those breeds that don't fit with commercial production. Between 1900 and 1973 the UK lost 26 native breeds of livestock, according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The result is a farming system centred around a handful of animal breeds, crops and vegetables - with some traditional breeds, like the Manx Loaghtan, at risk. Shoppers purchasing rare breed meat help keep rare breeds alive by:

  • Assisting in the economic viability of farms rearing rare breed animals, thus helping these farms to keep going and the increasing the number of rare breeds animals.

  • Helping others taste these fantastic breeds and plants and become interested in our faming heritage

About the Manx Loaghtan Breed
The Manx Loaghtan is one of the oldest and most striking breeds of sheep in the UK. Termed 'a primitive rare breed' it is classed at as 'at risk' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The Manx Loaghtan (pronounced Manx Lockton) is fine boned and late maturing, producing a meat with distinctive taste and flavour. The Manx Loaghtan is a hardy mountain sheep, with impressive horns and a dark brown fleece. Four horned rams are particularly striking. The breed has been around unchanged since the Iron Age. Traditionally the Manx was thought to have been introduced into the UK by the Vikings, but bone records from archaeological sites indicate the Manx was probably already here and probably pre-dates Viking invasions. The breed takes its name from the colour of its fleece, derived from two Manx words Lugh(mouse) and Dhoan (brown) or from Lhost dhoan(burnt brown). The lambs are born jet black acquiring the distinctive fleece by the time they are weaned. The Manx Loaghtan used to exist in high numbers on the Isle of Man and across the UK. However by the 1950s there were only a handful left. Today, as with many rare breeds, it is found in a few small flocks around the UK. Find out more here: www.langleychase.co.uk/the-breed.htm

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